This interview was originally published by The Westerly Sun on June 11, 2017. In August 2018, The Westerly Sun was sold to Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, and previously published content is no longer available online.

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AGE: 31

OCCUPATION: Writer, Mental Health Clinician, Clinical Trial Packaging Coordinator



RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Writing a horror/crime fiction novel set in Westerly, RI in 1999. The setting is a fun little trip down memory lane that sparks frequent Google searches such as, ‘how long has the word ‘wicked’ been in use in New England?’ ‘when was caller ID first introduced in the US,’ and ‘when was the last time a murder occurred within the borders of Westerly, RI?’

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Writing, reading, walking my beagle, spending time with my husband.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: I’m not sure if it’s the accomplishment I’m most proud of over the course of my life, but one that’s definitely up there is the first time a short story of mine was accepted for publication.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Making a difference in the world, no matter how small.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Visit the Maldives.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: A lip gloss I will inevitably lose.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: I didn’t know for the longest time, but I think it’s safe to say, given my love for reading and writing, that I would cherish the ability to be an author when I ‘grow up.’ :)

PERSON WHO OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My parents and sister are pretty fabulous.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: A cliché for a horror writer, but Stephen King. Ania Ahlborn, Damien Angelica Walters, and Jack Ketchum are all tied for second.

I AM READING: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz

I AM LISTENING TO: I have an addiction to audiobooks, so I don’t listen to nearly enough music, but the last thing entered into my Spotify search engine was the Little Shop of Horrors soundtrack. The only thing better than a horror film is a horror musical, and Rick Moranis is just an added bonus!

FAVORITE MOVIE OR LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Favorite movie is ‘Wristcutters: A Love Story,’ based on the short story by Etgar Keret, Kneller’s Happy Campers.

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Stranger Things

FAVORITE PET: There is only one, the queen, my beagle, Maya.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Lorna Doone shortbread cookies…apparently, I’m a ninety year old British woman.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: As little as possible, but there’s usually a requisite beagle photo posted at least once every couple of days.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: There’s no better trait in a friend than loyalty.

PET PEEVE: Probably when someone places a piece of trash on the counter, coffee table, etc., when there’s a trash can two feet away…

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” –Elie Wiesel

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: It’s fast becoming the art scene, as evidenced by my devotion to First Friday Open Mic Nights at Maize ‘n’ Manna, but the beach is a constant source of pleasure when you live in Westerly.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My husband, my family, friends, my dog, and books!

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I’ve never played a video game in my life.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: “You can always edit a bad page. You can't edit a blank page.” -Jodi Picoult

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: I like to tell my husband how to arrange the thirteen different fleece blankets around my dog when she lounges on the couch.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Demand everyone read two books a week…novels, memoirs, comic books, the type of book matters not, but more reading of books and less scrolling of social media feeds!

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Build a giant substance abuse treatment facility and employ the best staff to initiate the best evidence-based long-term treatment interventions.

I DRIVE A: (COLOR, YEAR & MAKE PLEASE!) Black Jeep Patriot

I WISH I DROVE A: Black Jeep Patriot

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Six different flavors of jellies and jams for my morning toast.

IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Stephen King…as long as it was not an invitation he accepted under duress. No Annie Wilkes/Misery style dinners here, please!

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro
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